A car enters the Dove Plaza Thursday afternoon near the
open land an O'Reilly Auto Parts store will be built on
Highway 60 in Slinger.
Photo by John Ehlke
SLINGER - Slinger could be home to an O’Reilly Auto
Parts store in nine or 10 months.
granted the auto parts giant a conditional use permit for a
building on the northeast corner of the intersection of Highway
60 and Lou’s Way.
granted the permit along with the proposed landscaping and
lighting plan for the proposed 6,872 square foot building.
Evans, O’Reilly’s project administrator for new locations, said
the store could take 90-100 days to build.
have a date for groundbreaking until we have all the permits,”
O’Reilly’s director of external reporting and investor
relations, said the project is in “the very early stages.”
process could take from nine to 10 months until construction is
finished. That includes time for permits and design completion,”
Merz said. “But that could change.”
several auto parts stores, but Merz said O’Reilly is different
from the others.
suit is customer service,” Merz said. “We like to think we’re a
customer service company
that happens to sell auto parts.”
Planner Marty Marchek said the proposed site is zoned B-2
Commercial which allows retail stores such as O’Reilly — so no
zoning action is needed. He said staff had worries that the
proposed site plan included an “entrance only” driveway from
Lou’s Way to the site.
concern (about) the ‘inbound only’ driveway. We don’t want it
used as an exit for traffic leaving Dove Plaza,” Marchek said.
The site plan proposed only one “do not enter” sign facing the
O’Reilly parking lot. Marchek said the police department
recommended additional traffic flow signs and pavement markings
to prevent traffic from the store and Dove Plaza from using the
entrance to exit onto Lou’s Way.
Engineer Jim Haggerty said he understood a sprinkler system will
be installed with water service from the main along Dove Plaza’s
said the nearby storm water detention pond will need to be
enlarged from a capacity of 17,900 cubic-feet to 18,800 to hold
a projected increase in water runoff due to the additional
representing O’Reilly at the commission meeting, said the
company had no objections to conditions proposed for granting
Commission approved the CUP with the following conditions:
Add pavement marking with an arrow indicating entrance only.
Add yellow curb paint along the entry driveway.
Add a “no parking” sign.
Add another “do not enter” sign.
The village reserves the right to request modification to the
driveway or close it if there are traffic flow violations that
adversely affect public safety.
At the southeast corner of the building the business must add a
curbed island to contain a sign stating “not an exit” facing
east and “exit” facing west and add the same signs on the
Auto Parts opened in 1957 as a single store in Missouri. Merz
said the company has 4,465 stores in 43 states.
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